Big Ice

So why even bother with a big chunk of ice in your cocktail? I mean, it’s not like it’s going to cool your drink while melting slower thus keeping your drink deliciously chilled without watering it down…right?


I mean, yes. The ice has to melt to even cool your bevy; that how the chilling process works. And while a bunch of smaller cubes will cool your drink faster that a super-cube, you will ultimately have a more watered-down cocktail. The block ice will give you a cool, not cold, cocktail that will remain more flavorful for a longer period of time. It all depends on what you’re in the market for. For my money, I’ll drink the water after my cocktail and take my sips as close to full strength as possible.

So, what should you float your big block of ice on, you may ask… How about your favorite spirit, straight?


If you’re looking for a great cocktail to try with a solo ice brick, try a Negroni.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 oz Plymouth Gin (I’ve said it before, but it’s great for the price)
  • 3/4 oz Italian Sweet Vermouth (Cinzano will do nicely)
  • 3/4 oz Campari (use Aperol if you don’t like as bitter of a cocktail)

Combine the above ingredients in a rock glass with your sphere or giant-cube of ice and stir for about 8 seconds.

Garnish with an orange twist and enjoy.

You can sub whiskey for the gin if you’d like and it’s a whole new experience…

Have fun! And, as always, thanks for reading.

Bottoms up,

H.S. Hemingway

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